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The human body as a canvas

A Monty Knowles painted nymph. On Saturday, October 19, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the Creative Center Bahamas in Chippingham, photographers and visual artists across all artistic backgrounds can learn the aesthetics and techniques of painting and photographing the human form, and experience these lessons firsthand under the guidance of professionals and with the help of live models. MONTY KNOWLES

Once Monty Knowles posts a photograph of one of his painted “nymphs” on social media, he receives hundreds of “likes” and positive comments, which for him shows people’s fascination with his art. And now Knowles is giving people the chance to watch, learn and participate in body painting, and also learn the art of lighting and photographing the figure.

The event is open to all levels of experience and will introduce attendees to the world of body paint photography.

In addition to watching and participating in the painting of models with Knowles, attendees will learn how light can be used to sculpt the human form.

Duke Wells, Bahamian Project founder and creative director, a portrait and fine art photographer, conceived the idea for the unique event and sponsorship for the intensive, hands-on workshop while admiring Knowles’ work.

“People are fascinated by Monty Knowles’ art. He will post a photograph of one of his painted ‘nymphs’ on social media and receive hundreds of ‘likes’ and positive comments. Now here’s a chance to watch, learn and participate in body painting, and also learn the art of lighting and photographing the figure. It’s really a fabulous opportunity.”

Wells and Knowles will show attendees how to pose the models and demonstrate various key lighting setups.

On Saturday, October 19, from 12 noon to 6 p.m. at the Creative Center Bahamas in Chippingham, photographers and visual artists across all artistic backgrounds can learn the aesthetics and techniques of painting and photographing the human form, and experience these lessons firsthand under the guidance of professionals, and with the help of live models.

Wells encourages artists and photographers to attend this event, with the opportunity to witness live, visual art in its purest form, as Knowles uses the human body as a canvas and creates masterpieces right in front of their eyes (and, in this case, participants’ camera lenses).

“Monty has been doing this for some time now and he has really fine-tuned both the way he paints the subjects and the manner in which he photographs them,” said Wells. “Over the years, I have seen his art evolve from a clever idea to a fully developed art form, and he is still taking it further.”

Proceeds from the event will assist the Creative Center in expanding their community outreach initiative by providing additional resources and services for the Bahamian arts community. People interested in attending the event can sign up at www.creativecenterbahamas.com.

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